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Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Monday 21st October – Pamela Wight #Shopping, Robbie Cheadle #Poetry and D.G. Kaye with Marie Lavender #Interview

This series is an opportunity to showcase posts from around our community and the brilliant bloggers who share with us. It would be amazing if you would follow the links to the post I have highlighted and whilst visiting follow and support the blogger.

The first post is from author Pamela Wight on the subject of shopping.. which you either love or hate…but Pamela is not that keen, but it is a family tradition that this year had a surprise in store…(pardon the pun).

The Dollar Bill

I hate department stores. I don’t use the word “hate” lightly. The empty vastness of material nothingness; the bright lights spotlighting our greed; the vapid noise of elevator music and high-pitched meaningless laughter.

Thus, when my daughter suggests I go with her and my 11-year-old granddaughter for a girls’ day of shopping, I respond immediately:

“Of course. I’d love to.”

I may hate department stores, but I love my girls, so I’ll travel into the bowels of hell for them.sweater, fashion, clothing

Every fall the three of us go on this mall-journey. Sophie’s birthday is in July, and my gift to her is an afternoon at the mall to select a new school outfit. She has no idea how much of a sacrifice I make for her in the name of grandmotherly love.

She finds the “perfect fall sweater” at one of those beastly pre-teen/teen stores and I pay for it with cash. The young woman at the register owes me $2.50 in return, but I can see her trying to struggle how to break my $20 bill. I raise my eyes to heaven, asking for strength. She finally reaches for the calculator close at hand and then hands me my change.

One of the dollar bills has inked writing on the top of each side and I’m about to return it to her (I like my bills clean and not tattered) but I read the message on the George Washington side quickly.

Head over to find out what message was written on this dollar bill:

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The next post is from Robbie Cheadle with the news that she will repeating last year’s popular series Poetry Readathon…. here are some of the details but head over to the post to find how you can participate.

Poetry readathon

Many of you will remember the poetry readathon that I ran during November and part of December 2018 and part of January this year. The readathon comprised of a selection of five questions that were answered by each participating poet as well as the sharing of one of their poems. I also read and reviewed a number of poetry books by participating poets.

The idea behind the readathon was to introduce poetry lovers to poetry bloggers and published poets and I think it was very successful. I enjoyed watching our poetry family engaging with one another and meeting new friends.

I have decided to run it again this year and am inviting interested poets to please email me. This year I would like to publish a poem with special meaning by each participating poet and the reasons as to why they wrote this particular poem and why it has special meaning for them.

Head over to find out the full details of this great opportunity for poets and also to read a new poem from Robbie:

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And last but certainly not least.. D.G. Kaye with last week’s Q &A with romance and multi-genre writer Marie Lavender..

Welcome to this edition this month to my author series, Q and A with D.G. Kaye. I’m happy to introduce Romance and Multi-Genre Author, Marie Lavender here today to share a bit of herself, her writing and her books, and tell us a little about her book Directions of the Heart – A Romantic Drama Collection.

Marie Lavender

About the Author:

Multi-genre author of Victorian maritime romance/family saga, Heiresses in Love Series, and 21 other books. Reached the Top 10 Authors list on for the last 4 years. Featured interview in the January 2018 issue of Womelle Magazine. BLOOD INSTINCTS reached TOP 10 status in the Romance category. DIRECTIONS OF THE HEART both reached the semi-finalist round in the 2018 AuthorsDB Book Cover Contest. Voted TOP BLOGGER for 2018 on the Romance Lives Forever Blog. TOP 20 Authors of 2018 on Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews blog. DIRECTIONS OF THE HEART was nominated and made it past the first round in the 2018 Author Academy Awards. UPON YOUR LOVE and THE MISSING PIECE placed in the TOP 10 on the 2017 P&E Readers Poll. DIRECTIONS OF THE HEART was nominated for the 2017

Head over to find out more about Marie and her books in this very interesting interview:

D. G. Kaye – Buy:
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Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to enjoy all these posts in full.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Monday 21st October Part Two- Toni Pike #Boxset – Charles E. Yallowitz #Monsters – Tara Sparling #Bookblurbs

This series is an opportunity to showcase posts from around our community and the brilliant bloggers who share with us. It would be amazing if you would follow the links to the post I have highlighted and whilst visiting follow and support the blogger.

The first post is from author Toni Pike to announce the release of the boxed set of The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series Books 1-4…

I’m very pleased to announce that the four books in The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series are now available as a Box Set. THE MAGUS COVENANT, THE ROCK OF MAGUS, THE MAGUS EPIPHANY and HOLY SPEAR OF MAGUS are still available separately, but buying the box set will definitely save you money. It represents great value as you get four full-length thrillers in one convenient ebook, with non-stop, action-packed entertainment on just about every page. I also hope to publish the paperback version in the very near future.;

Head over to read a synopsis of each of the books and where you can buy the set:

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With Halloween on the horizon, our thoughts turn to the dark side with trolls, ghouls, vampires and witches brought out for the night.. If you want to see how the master of monsters creates them.. head over to author Charles Yallowitz for a fright.. Windemere Monsters: Trolls #fantasy #adventure

What would a fantasy world be without trolls to drive terror into the hearts of adventures at least once? Obviously, you can do this, but I was picking from the classics early on and trolls were top of the list. I wanted them to be one of the biggest threats that my heroes can run into. Nothing on the scale of dragons or demons, but they certainly take the top spot among the less magical beasts. For this, I went wild with the description and kept writing until I ran out of steam. Easiest to give an excerpt from Legends of Windemere: Prodigy of Rainbow Tower when they debuted:

Head over to read the excerpt:

Please visit Amazon or Charles’s blog to view all his books.

Then final post today is from Tara Sparling who shares the news that the heavy hitters in the books department have just released their books for Christmas..I better get a move on!!!  This post however, is primarily a guide to writing a book blurb.. Part One.

Tara Sparling on Books

Just in case you missed it, Thursday October 2nd was a big day in the book world: the day when 426 heavy hitters released their books for Christmas, including Philip Pullman, Jojo Moyes and Bill Bryson. This was swiftly followed by just last Thursday October 17th, when further probable blockbusters from mahoosive names including Elton John, John le Carré and Nadiya Hussain swamped the shelves. So if you had a book coming out this autumn, and you HAVEN’T released it in the last 2 weeks… congratulations! You just avoided being stampeded by a herd of anxious, needy elephants in a race for column inches.

In previous posts, I examined when might be the best time of year to publish a novel, which concluded that Christmas might actually not be the worst idea, despite the flood of heavyweights. I also examined the effect of blockbusters on the sales of other books.

Assuming anyone out there agrees with any of these ideas (and I’m not saying they should. I am notoriously unreliable, and often cheat at Lego), you might be thinking about getting a book out there in the near future. So today I’m referring back to another former post, to look at how blurbs work – or don’t, as the case may be…

Head over and read the complete post about how a book blurb should be written:

Tara Sparling

About Tara Sparling

Writer of fiction and screenplays. Winner of Funniest Blog at one awards thingy and Best Newcomer at another. Blogging about bestselling book trends, literary humour, people’s behaviour on the internet, traditional and self-publishing, marketing tips, success stories and spectacular failures at

You can find out more about Tara on her blog:

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to enjoy the posts in full.. thanks Sally.



Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves -#Psychological Thriller #Pre-order final day Silent Payback by Jaye Marie

A pleasure to share the news of Jaye Marie’s latest book – Silent Payback a psychological thriller that is on pre-order for its final day at 99c/99p before release tomorrow..

About the book

A serial killer roams the streets of Brighton, hunting for his next victim.
When the case lands on detective David Mallory’s desk, will his personal demon prevent him from bringing this vicious monster to justice?

As the body count rises, Mallory finds himself sinking under the weight of his heavy secret – one that could jeopardise his job and his reputation.

With the pressure building, can the troubled detective reconcile his issues and solve the case before more women die?

Take advantage of the pre-order price of 99p for today only:

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A selection of other books by Jaye Marie

One of the recent reviews for Nine Lives on Goodreads

Sep 28, 2019 Mae Clair rated it Five Stars

In Nine Lives, we meet Kate, a fifty-nine-year old artist who has had a wretched string of luck when it comes to men, and who is now going through the motions of a day-to-day existence. She has health issues, smokes too much, and is plagued by an inner voice that constantly monitors her decisions.

Much of the story is written in expository style, admittedly not something I am used to. The reader is treated to a lot of background information about how Kate’s life has evolved and how each day unfolds. She’s made mistakes, bad choices she now recognizes, and has been taken advantage of by more than one man. Kate hopes the worst is behind her—especially now, with a female mentor and friend who offers the steadfast support she has been lacking. Sadly, there are still hurdles to overcome, the toll of which becomes evident when several in Kate’s orbit meet with foul play.

The writing is crisp, the descriptions vivid. Dialogue, when it appears, is well done, although the bulk of the book relies on narrative. I did find several of the scenes difficult to read and had to skim them. That aside, the author did an excellent job in creating a thoroughly reprehensible villain, who I couldn’t wait to see reach a justifiable end.

This book is a slow burn, very dark, with a somber tone. It creeps along like a slowly oozing poison or slithering snake that strikes with deadly precision in its concluding moments.

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About Jaye Marie

Jaye Marie is affectionately known as the giant redwood, probably because she is very tall, but also because of her love for trees. Most afternoons she can be found repotting or taking care of her bonsai collection, but her love of detective mysteries soon brings her back indoors. She has written three fiction novels in this genre, Nine Lives, Out of Time and Crossfire and is about to publish Silent Payback, her fourth book.

She spends any free time learning everything she can about self-publishing, and despite all the obstacles, she never gives up on anything and is as stubborn as a mule

She also enjoy running a website/blog and all the wonderful people she continues to meet from all around the world. She learns something new every single day and it is much appreciated.

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Thank you for dropping in today and it would be wonderful if you could spread the news of Jaye’s new book. Thanks Sally.

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update #Reviews – Yigal Zur, P.C. Zick, Jim Webster

Welcome to the first of this week’s author updates with recent reviews for books on the shelves.

The first author is Yigal Zur for his first book translated into English featuring private investigator Dotan Naor.. the second book is due out on November 5th.

About Death in Shangri-La

Ex-Israeli operative turned private investigator, Dotan Naor—to settle a bet—agrees to locate the missing son of former acquaintance, now ruthless Israeli arms merchant, Willy Mizrachi. Willy, who does not hesitate to sell killing machines to the most heinous players in the world, is desperate to find his only son, Itiel, who has headed to an ashram in the Himalayas.

The Himalayas are also host to groups of young Israelis who have completed their mandatory military service—a sort of rite of passage. Now, those innocent kids are being hunted down by violent terrorists.

India and the disputed Kashmir region between India and Pakistan is familiar territory to Dotan, as he searches for Itiel and for the source of these heinous attacks on Israeli youth.

Unwilling to leave this quest in the hands of Dotan, Willy also travels to India, where he is murdered in Delhi, triggering international repercussions capable of ripping the world apart at one of its most dangerous flashpoints.

Nothing is as it seems in this region of the world. Betrayal reigns everywhere.

But love, in its purest form, does manage to shine through in this story of brutal international corruption.

One of the recent reviews for Death in Shangri La on Goodreads

Aug 26, 2019 Grace J Reviewerlady rated it 4.5 stars really liked it

A fascinating and memorable read! Dotan Naor is a new, exciting and very different type of investigator . . .Dotan and his friend Willy are unlikely mates: one is and ex-officer who now spends his time locating young Israelis who have gone astray whilst the other is an arms dealer. At their latest meeting, they make a bet and Dotan agrees to track down Willy’s son who is on retreat in the Himalayas. Willy decides to do what he can to help but ends up being murdered in a cheap and tacky hotel room. With India and Pakistan both laying claim to Kashmir, there are terrorists in the area targeting the many young Israelis who are backpacking there and they end up being a target – yet something else for Dotan to take into consideration.

This is an enthralling read and one which I really enjoyed. The locations are very different to other thrillers I’ve read, but with skilled writing the story became alive on the page. There is a lot going on, but in a connected way and I found myself totally invested in where this one was going. Dotan Naor is a very engaging character and one I hope to follow with this series. With Kashmir being currently in the news, it was a very topical read and there was plenty to keep my focus. As always, I appreciated that by the final page everything which needed to be followed through was brought to a satisfying conclusion. A cracking read, and one I’m happy to recommend. I’m very happy to give this one four and a half stars

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Also in English by Yigal Zur – On Pre-Order for November 5th.

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The second author today is bestselling author P.C. Zick with recent reviews for Love on Track (Rivals in Love Book Three).

About the book

Childhood history between a race car driver and an event coordinator collide at the Indy 500. He can’t be distracted by romance. And she can’t trust love will last.

Stone Crandall wants more than anything to win the Indy 500, but as the race approaches, other things begin to distract him. Not only has his family descended on Indianapolis, but a schoolboy crush in the form of his sister’s best friend appears and changes his focus. Tara Hartman grew up with the Crandall family as her safe haven from a broken family. As an adult she’s grown a successful business planning events for major corporations. Stone’s race car team hires her for the two weeks of the big race, which is a surprise to Stone.

At the start of the activities, Tara and Stone make a pact to remain single when they discover neither of them has ever fallen in love. Then when Tara’s father and stepmother invade the festivities, along with her mother, Stone provides her a strong shoulder for comfort.

When comfort turns to passion, the two are caught in an embrace by all the parents, and Stone’s concentration on winning is all but destroyed until he tells Tara she’s a distraction. He also starts to let the attention of the media expand his ego. Tara is convinced all men are attracted by shiny objects just like her father when he left her mother for another woman. Tara ends things with Stone, just as his career soars.

Once the parents and Crandall siblings see how much the two care about one another despite their stubbornness, efforts are made to show them that love is worth the risk, no matter the outcome.

It’s up to Tara and Stone to figure out whether they want to take the leap and find out for themselves.

One of the recent reviews for Love on Track on Goodreads

This is the third book in the Rivals in Love series. The series is about an American Italian large family with six adult siblings who have promising carreers but no luck with love, to the desperation of their Italian mother who is dreaming if grand children. In each book, one of the siblings finds love after overcoming a difficult start.

What I really like about the books until now is that every sibling faces something totally different, and it gets better with every new book. The books are not alike. A different kind of rivalry is treated in every story. The family and love dynamics are different for each brother and sister. So true in any large family!

Love on Track is my favorite to date, as the couple has to outgrow childhood rivalries and roles to accept and appreaciate each other as adults.It is so true that people who know us since childhood often fail to see the adult we grow into! So, I absolutely loved this storyline. Usually we have kids in love who grow into adults in love, here we have two rival kids who grow into lovers.

I particularly recommend the series to people who love multicultural stories, family sagas, real plots behind the love story, and clean romance.

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A small selection of other books by P.C. Zick

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The final author today is Jim Webster with a recent review for Tallis Steelyard: Gentlemen behaving badly and other stories.

About the book

More of the wit, wisdom and jumbled musings of Tallis Steelyard. Marvel at the delicate sensitivities of an assassin, wonder at the unexpected revolt of Callin Dorg. Beware of the dangers of fine dining, and of a Lady in red. Travel with Tallis as his poetical wanderings have him meandering through the pretty villages of the north. Who but Tallis Steelyard could cheat death by changing the rules?

One of the recent reviews for the book

Another great collection of short stories about Port Naain poet Tallis Steelyard. This is the second collection I’ve read, and I enjoyed it as much as the first one – if not more so.
The individual stories are amusing, and a little quirky, and well suited for a quick read to disconnect from reality after a long day. Heartily recommended.

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A selection of other books by Jim Webster

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Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you are leaving with some books under your arm.. thanks Sally.


Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – AWOL – Benny Goodman – Magnesium – The Magic Carpet – Television Interviews and all that Jazz…

Welcome to the round up of posts that you might have missed this week on Smorgasbord.

On the news front I will be offline from this Thursday to Monday 28th October and for a few days in the first week in November. I have however left some posts for you… the regular book promotions and also some surprises.

Delighted to share the news of the start of a series by guest writer Mike Biles, author of A Bit About Britain’s History who will be joining us every Saturday until Christmas. His first post next Saturday is about the visit he made to author Rudyard Kipling’s home.

As Just an Odd Job Girl has now finished, I am starting a new serialisation, this time of my first short story collection from 2009, which has just received a lovely review. The first two stories from Flights of Fancy air next weekend.

And I would be grateful if you could pop in on Sunday when Eloise De Sousa will be my guest on the Sunday author Interview

I will be online again by Monday and will respond to any comments then… I will also catch up with any retweets etc on social media.

On with this week’s posts.

As always my thanks to the contributors and guest writers for the time and work that goes into preparing the posts for the blog and to you for keep coming back to read them.

William Price King shared the life and music of the renowned King of Swing, Benny Goodman.

Magnesium – Calcium’s BFF and a deficiency alert One of the minerals that most people focus on is calcium (the last column) but it is in fact magnesium or the lack of this mineral in our diet that may be the contributory factor in many of the diseases that we suffer from, particularly as we get older.

If you are a regular visitor to the blog you will be familiar with Jessica Norrie and her Literary Column which ran in 2018 and has enjoyed a revival this year too. We also get to enjoy an extract from Jessica’s latest release – The Magic Carpet

 Last week I covered the basics of the preparation needed before a radio and podcast interview  This week preparing for an interview on camera.

This week in the Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 145 we are being asked to write in response to the photo prompt selected by last month’s winner of the challenge, Diana Wallace Peach.. I have composed a double Etheree – The Moonlight Concerto

This weekend the last two chapters of my novel Just an Odd Job Girl. A surprise visitor changes Imogen’s future.

The final chapter…a new life

In the UK according to overall cancer statistics from Cancer Research UK there were 363,484 new cases in 2016, and 164,900 deaths in 2017. There is now a 50% survival rate over 10 years but, 38% of cancers are preventable.

This week I am share the the impact on a child’s body of a high sugar diet and lack of nutrition in relation to their brain development and hormone production as they head into puberty.

In her final post Linda Thompson shares the sadness of loss. In this case when a relationship dies and we have to leave elements of our previous life behind. Thankfully most of us find another safe haven.

New Book on the Shelves

Author Update #reviews


Thank you very much for dropping in and all your support this week. I hope you will pop in next week thanks Sally.

CarolCooks2…Weekly roundup…Climate Change, Health, Recipes …Week ending 19th Oct 2019…

It is time for Carol Taylor’s weekly round up and as always a great range of topics from climate change to Halloween.. with some views on the rise in childhood obesity.. And don’t miss Whimsical Wednesday with a touch of Disney.

Retired? No one told me!

Welcome to this weeks roundup…What a week …Lily is here for the school holidays so we have been baking… she loves making cakes and helping to prepare dinner she loves chopping veggies as much as she loves eating them her favourite vegetables being broccoli and cabbage she is always asking for seconds…bless her.

Aston is staying in the village with his other nan and has been busy collecting wild honey I didn’t realise he knew quite so much about bees…

I am still having laptop woes and limited to what I can do on mine but hopefully the end is in sight… in the meantime I am PC sharing where I can…good fun…not!

What has been going on this week and no I am not discussing Brexit although I was watching the House of Parliament live yesterday to the bitter end…

great reads a weekly roundup lady with electronic readerAnyway enough of my chatter…Grab a drink…

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Sunday Interview – Jessica Norrie with an extract from The Magic Carpet.

If you are a regular visitor to the blog you will be familiar with Jessica Norrie and her Literary Column which ran in 2018 and has enjoyed a revival this year too.

Today Jessica is under the spotlight for a more detailed interview but before we get into the questions, here is a reminder of Jessica’s work so far.

About Jessica Norrie

Jessica Norrie studied French literature at Sussex University, and trained as a teacher at Sheffield. Then she wandered into parenthood, told her now grown up children stories, and heard theirs. A qualified translator, she worked on an eclectic mix of material, from health reports on racehorses to harrowing refugee tales. She taught adults and children, co-authored a textbook and ran teacher training. In 2008 came the idea for “The Infinity Pool”, which appeared in 2015 (and in German in 2018). Her second novel “The Magic Carpet”, inspired by teaching language and creativity in multicultural schools, was published on July 22nd 2019, and she is working on a third. She also spends time blogging, singing soprano, walking in the forest and trying to move out of London.

Welcome to the Sunday Interview Jessica and to start us off can you tell us about the genre that you write in, and how you see it evolving in coming years?

I try to write what it gives me most pleasure to read, usually fiction. As a reader, I appreciate stylish writing with careful attention to language, which some would call literary fiction. I like modern settings around the world (contemporary fiction), sometimes with a galloping plot that makes them commercial fiction. Still thinking in terms of writing what I read, I prefer books where female characters get to occupy the page at least as much as male ones, which could be women’s fiction or perhaps feminist fiction, (looking through my shelves at least half the books I’ve thought worth keeping are by women).

My next book has many passages which refer to several centuries ago, so perhaps I’m writing historical fiction – partly. My first novel The Infinity Pool could be labelled with a travel fiction tag, and once upon a time some readers might have called The Magic Carpet traditional although others would call it gritty social realism. When submitted to what I call lah-di-dah publishers, my books get returned with scornful notes about lowbrow writing not darkening their door, but others say they’re too challenging. I can also tell you what genres my books are NOT – crime, fantasy, romance, sci fi…

Anyone can get an Amazon no 1 in a category so tiny there’s hardly any other books in it. But from somewhere down here in the quagmire of general fiction, I can only dream of a future when genres will mean little and books will be defined by original writing, plots, characters and themes.

What would be your advice for an aspiring author before they put pen to paper?

Er – put pen to paper! Or tap fingers on keyboard. Seriously, if you don’t write something down you can’t even start to improve it. Nobody ever got read, let alone got a publishing contract, with a blank page.

How do you feel we should be encouraging the next generation of writers during childhood, at school and in the home?

This is a theme dear to my heart because my parents encouraged me to write all the time, as did my teachers, as did I with my own children. But there’s more to it than saying “We love it when you write/do show us your wonderful writing.” Nobody can write before they can read. Children need to be surrounded – and I mean surrounded – by books, long, short, funny, sad, with pictures, with chapters, poetry, non-fiction, humour, stories. Books can come from libraries, charity shops, the child’s school, or be swapped with friends – they don’t have to be bought new although obviously we poor authors would like some sales or we’ll starve.

Children need to be read to – four months old is not too early to start. The readers should be all sorts of people, in different voices, with love and tenderness and some willingness to stop to answer questions and share reactions. Boys in particular need to hear men reading to them. Children need to see adults reading too, silently to themselves or aloud to each other, talking about what they’ve read, responding to it, choosing the next book. There are few rights and wrongs – some books are “better” than others but almost all have some contribution to make. (I gave some ideas for how to read and how not to read with children in this blog post.)

THEN the writing can and almost certainly will start.

How did you conduct your research for the book you are featuring today?

The Magic Carpet is the book I wrote to get teaching out of my system – no, that sounds negative. The Magic Carpet is the story I wrote to celebrate the many voices that echoed through my classrooms in thirty plus years of teaching. Confident, stuttering, English, countless other languages, questioning, resigned, joyful children and families who passed through my hands or those of my colleagues. Any classroom with around thirty pupils also contains the back stories of thirty households – in the backgrounds to those thirty lives money may be draining away or accumulating, illness might loom, success and celebration could be around the corner, or death. I did my research over thirty plus years in adult education, primary and secondary schools, and teacher training. It’s not a research project that could ever finish while there’s a school bell that rings somewhere to start the day, so I selected children, episodes, themes and problems that had recurred or stood out and used them in my story.

Please tell us about your next project and when we can expect to see the book.

Hostage to fortune time! I need to hint enough to arouse interest but not give too much away. Suffice to say I’ve finished the first draft of a book set in a village in northern England, not a village where life has ever been comfortable or prosperity taken for granted, but not dirt poor either. Ideas and the families living there haven’t changed much in hundreds of years but there is something very particular about this place that sets it apart from others but also echoes globally and down the centuries. I use the particular fact to explore the global issue, and, as in The Magic Carpet, my narrators rely on storytelling to make their point – until one day they find they need to take direct action too.

Lovely to have over as always Jessica and now time to find out more about The Magic Carpet and to read an extract from the book.

The Magic Carpet – Jessica’s latest release.

Outer London, September 2016, and neighbouring eight-year-olds have homework: prepare a traditional story to perform with their families at a school festival. But Nathan’s father thinks his son would be better off doing sums; Sky’s mother’s enthusiasm is as fleeting as her bank balance, and there’s a threatening shadow hanging over poor Alka’s family. Only Mandeep’s fragile grandmother and new girl Xoriyo really understand the magical powers of storytelling. As national events and individual challenges jostle for the adults’ attention, can these two bring everyone together to ensure the show will go on?

One of the recent reviews for The Magic Carpet

I must admit that I got an expected but completely welcome surprise when I read this book. The magic carpet is an intricate and beautifully told tale of a school project and several families involved. Each child in the class has been allocated a fairy story to take home and make their own any way they wish.

The narratives switches between each family and each chapter is dedicated to a different class member. Diverse, intriguing and almost voyeuristic, we are allowed to peep into the lives of each family as they tackle the homework project in very different ways. All the adults in the story are increasingly distracted by events in their own lives and it’s up to the children to bring everyone together.

I adore that Jessica Norrie has given each family a very unique identity through circumstances. culture and race. Each relationship and situation is delicately written and issues are tackled with sensitivity but bring he characters to life. I became invested in every single child in this novel.

This is a breathtaking and addictive story about stories, families and children.

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Also by Jessica Norrie in English and German

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Thank you for dropping in today and I know that Jessica will be delighted to answer your questions.. thanks Sally.

The Delta Pearl, 11 — Pretend

Time to catch up with the crew and the passengers of the Delta Pearl who are experiencing glitches and slips at all kinds of levels, from relationships to tremors. It doesn’t help that some people are not who they say they are, and even more secrets are spilled along with the contents of a bucket of trouble.. Head over to find out more.

Teagan's Books

Saturday, October 19, 2019

The steampunk riverboat is here.  Hello, my chuckaboos!  Thanks for coming back to the The Delta Pearl.  Based on my own experiences all week, I know it might have been difficult for you to get here.

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I hope everyone is still onboard, despite the wide-spread difficulties WordPress is causing many of us. Their denial of accountability has gotten as bad as my horrible Internet “provider” TDS Telecom… (Provider is in quotes because I don’t have Internet more often than I actually do.)  Now WordPress is making it hugely difficult for me to interact with any of you with comments or simple likes.  At this moment in time, I’m so frustrated with WordPress that I don’t know if I can keep blogging.

Sorry to begin on a negative note. Moving on…

This week’s random reader things

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National Pumpkin Month…Facts…Trivia…and a delicious Thai Pumpkin Soup…


With Halloween around the corner, Carol Taylor shares some amazing Halloween Trivia and wonderful recipes including those with fabulous Thai twist…

National Pumpkin Month…Facts…Trivia…and a delicious Thai Pumpkin Soup…

Halloween is drawing near and I am sure lots of you have decorated your homes already please send me some photos so I can share your marvellous or scary themes and decorations…We would all love to see them…I would as Halloween is not really celebrated here or only by the American communities so no decorated homesteads just a few Halloween themed parties…

So don’t be shy share away and promote your blog on here…

Does China celebrate Halloween? 

There are several days and a whole entire month in China that are similar to Halloween. These are the Hungry Ghost Festival, the Qing Ming Festival, the last day of the seventh lunar month, and the Spring Festival. …

The UK celebrates Guy Fawkes …However  not so widely celebrated by many although growing in popularity… the manufacturers are jumping on the commercial bandwagon.

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Did you know? The word “witch” comes from the Old English wicce, meaning “wise woman.” The plural for wicce is Wiccan. Wiccan were highly respected people at one time. According to popular belief, witches held one of their two main meetings, or sabbats, on Halloween night.

This recipe is an authentic Thai recipe … Pumpkins and squash grow very well here and are found on every market stall and on every street food stall and so much is done with this versatile  vegetable  lots of lovely Thai desserts and soups…but I digress this lovely soup would look equally at home in your hollowed out Halloween pumpkin shell  and add a bit of Thai spice to your table. If you have little pumpkins then it would look beautiful served as individual portions.


Head over and get that recipe and be entertained..


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